Yet another project on the Doom 3 engine from id Software, Quake 4 is not as resources-hungry as Prey . Working at its default frequencies, the Gigabyte GeForce 7600 GT is almost as fast as to provide a comfortable gaming experience even in 1920x1200, being a mere 3fps behind the Radeon X1900 GT.
Unfortunately, it’s not that well in the “eye candy” mode, yet the GV-NX76T256D-RH isn’t far worse than the Radeon X1800 GTO in resolutions up to 1920x1200 in which the memory bandwidth becomes the most crucial parameter. This doesn’t matter much when the average performance is only 20-30fps. The GeForce 7900 GT is the only card in this review that allows using FSAA in Quake 4 .
Serious Sam 2
Besides high requirements to the amount of graphics memory, Serious Sam 2 also makes wide use of pixel shaders with multiple texture lookups. That’s why the GeForce 7600 GT with its 12 TMUs and 256 megabytes of memory cannot hope for high results here. As it is, the Gigabyte can’t notch 40fps even at the overclocked frequencies, not to mention 50fps which is achieved by the GeForce 7900 GT with its 24 TMUs. Take note of the min performance numbers: they are very low with all the participating devices, so you are unlikely to create comfortable playing conditions even by reducing the resolution and the level of detail.